Dental crowns and dental bridges are two more aspects of the professional dental service we offer in Joondalup. Here are some basics about both.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is an appliance that replaces missing teeth. It is fixed permanently in the mouth. The bridge is supported by the existing teeth on either side. There are three parts to a bridge. There are two crowns for the two teeth adjoining the space where the bridge is going to be. They are known as “abutment teeth.”
The main part is in the middle where the missing tooth was. It is a false tooth and is attached solidly between the two abutment teeth. It is called a “pontic.” Bridges can be made of any of three different materials, alone or in combination: porcelain, alloys and gold.
There is also a bridge called an enamel-bonded bridge. It has a framework of porcelain or metal: artificial teeth are attached to it. The bridge is then bonded to the supporting teeth with resin.
What is a Crown?
A dental crown, also called a “tooth cap” or “dental cap,” encases, covers over and is cemented to a damaged tooth. Usually, crowns are used to rebuild teeth that are decayed or broken. A crown strengthens the tooth and improves its appearance. The dentist makes a mould of your tooth and the mould is used as a model to create the crown in a laboratory.
There are different kinds of crowns; your dentist will recommend one based upon a combination of the tooth involved, special circumstances and your preference. They may recommend a porcelain crown, a special version called a porcelain bonded to metal crown, an acrylic crown or a gold crown.
Crowns are more expensive than standard fillings. This is because they are a lot more complicated to make. They have to be sent out to a laboratory. In addition, the materials are more expensive than the traditional filling materials.
To learn more, call 1300 Great Smile ((08) 9404 9500).